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Who Dey Revolution Manifesto

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    IN THIS TIME of perpetual Cincinnati Bengals incompetence and futility, with zero playoff wins in the nineteen seasons since the WhoDeyRevolution Godfather, Paul Brown, passed away in 1991 and handed the team to his fortunate son, the Despot, Mike Brown;

    Introduction

    WE, the members of the Who Dey Revolution, in our fervent dedication to the Cincinnati Bengals and fanatical desire to transform our hometown team into perpetual Super Bowl contenders, call for a popular revolution of fans to demand comprehensive reform to the managerial decisions and approach of Cincinnati Bengals ownership, management, staff and players, and hereby call for the adoption of the following Who Dey Revolution Manifesto:

    Manifesto Demands

    THAT the Mike Brown, Katie Blackburn, Marvin Lewis, along with every other member of the Bengals management, staff and personnel, state publicly to all Bengals fans, “I will do everything in my power to help the Cincinnati Bengals win a Super Bowl;”

    THAT Mike Brown will hire a general manager, drastically expand the scouting department and relinquish all control of player personnel;

    THAT all training, rehabilitation and medical facilities are considered best-in-class compared to other NFL teams;

    THAT the management fill the team only with players who fit the system, both mentally and physically, and are not reluctant to makes changes to player personnel when needed, regardless of cost or loyalty concerns;

    THAT offensive and defensive line depth is considered the top priority for all player personnel decisions;

    THAT all decisions made by ownership, management, staff and players, both on and off the field, are judged only by this criterion: “Does this help the Cincinnati Bengals win a Super Bowl?”

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December 12, 2010

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T.O. Is on the verge of blasting Brat. Read his post game quotes. Too bad he's got to be on his best behavior so he can work next year.

What's a full page add in the enquirer cost? I would definitely donate some cash for a full page add. Something needs to be done before the season ends to let this prick know we're not coming back next year for a reworked version of this same bullshit.

I think we need to get some attention during this season.

I hope UC charges them 50K per day to use UC's new indoor practice facility. You know, the one Mike Brown refused to donate a dime towards!

It's official.... As long as Mike Brown has any semblance of control/input on what this team does - I am a free agent fan.....


Any enthusiasm has been wasted on this team, the Bengals...

We grow old, always hoping next season will be better, while Mike Brown just lines his pockets...what a soul-sucking low-life

The problem is all the die hards really die friggin' hard.
There's a poll over "Cincy Jungle" where they asked people if they're done with this team yet, and "NEVER" is winning by a substantial margin over maybe and yes.

So when you have that many people saying "please Mike Brown kick me in the balls again please oh please oh please", nothing's going to change.

There's a sucker born every minute you say? Apparently in Cincinnati the rate is much higher.

I %#$!$#@ hate that old bastard who owns the Bengals.

I'd leave this team for another one, but when your a fan your whole life the idea of caring about another team just doesn't work. But I won't give Mike Brown another penny, which means I'm basically done with the NFL. For life. Or at least as long as that old bastard is alive.

When does baseball start again? Go Jay Bruce! At least the Reds sorta try... as much as people ragged on Marge Schott she *#$!%@!% won one world series... as much of a dingbat as she was she didn't sit in on meetings and suggest they turn a backup catcher into a shortstop.

Doc starts talking about the draft, but why? The Bengals had the very first pick in the draft three times in the last 20 years and for that we got Big Fatty Wilkerson (a serviceable player, mostly with OTHER teams), KiJana Carter (blown knee, never was any good, but that was totally predictable on day one), and Carson Palmer (who has been so completely Bengalized he's gonna end up with more touchdowns thrown to other teams than to his own teammates this year)

Why does it matter? The players involved in the draft probably hold their breathe and pray there name doesn't get called when the Bengals are on the clock.

Seriously? 3rd and 20 and Bob calls for a screen pass? Twice?

oh and Desean Jackson with 210 yards receiving tonight with a TD.

pssh you are just a bunch of themes.

Will never win with MB in charge. NEVER.

Look how many guys are playing out of position? Draft a LT, put him at RT. Draft a MLB, put him at OLB.

Palmer has been Bengalized. I feel bad for him. Chad in one ear, T.O. in the other, no Offensive Line and Brat being Brat. Poor guy.

Not a peep from ownership. How many other teams lose a few in a row and the owner is apologizing all over and promising change?
If Mike doesn't care why should anyone else?

Interesting too that the offense lost the game again, the defense didn't allow Pittsburgh to score a touchdown, that game was winnable.

Why don't you create an online packet of information about Mike Brown's utter failure of leadership and ownership. Maybe 3-5 pages of printable materials. Call it "Brownieleaks".

Print that and mail it to the expected top 20 draft picks like Cam Newton and Jake Locker and Lamichael James. For the rest of the WDR they can print it and just mail it to schools' athletic departments (Auburn, Washington, USC, etc) warning them against Mike Brown's Bengals.

"The problem is all the die hards really die friggin' hard.
There's a poll over "Cincy Jungle" where they asked people if they're done with this team yet, and "NEVER" is winning by a substantial margin over maybe and yes.
So when you have that many people saying "please Mike Brown kick me in the balls again please oh please oh please", nothing's going to change.
There's a sucker born every minute you say? Apparently in Cincinnati the rate is much higher."


So if you are done with the team, why do you continue to post here or care? I thought the message was that the people here were the real fans and you love the team so much you would do whatever it takes to make changes. I would bet most writers here who voted on that poll would also vote never.

Sadly, I agree with WhoDeyFans. I would vote Never as well. As a kid who grew up in Maine understanding The Curse and still worshipping the Red Sox, futility is something that we New Englanders are engrained with. Nevertheless, I agree that the true fan, which I believe that we all are, loves the team enough to do whatever it takes to make change... and, to a degree, boycotting on such a low level seems trivial and ineffective. We would have an easier time trying to smoke out Kroger than Mike Brown and the Bengal's organization through simple monetary atrophy. Further, with regards to any trained propogandist, a call to a boycott, such as loosely suggested by "Cinci Jungle", is the equivelent of 0-to-60 in terms of guerilla warfare; its weak and ill-timed as no clear shaping has been done in the hearts of one Mr. Cincinnati Jack aka Joe Bengal.


Rather than try to break down the fans and pry them away from the organization, the WDR need to reconnect with the fan base and fuel the fire, not attempt to douse it. Our efforts should be creative ways to raise the ire of the fan. I love the idea of Brownieleaks. How about total-tailgating alternatives to the games? It keeps the fans, but negates any money flowing in to PBS. Further, it serves as a giant advertisement and awareness campaign... and due to its location near the game, we may even get some media attention, WHICH IS THE KEY TO ALL OF THIS!!! They day that the Revolution gets time on Sports Center is the day we can cry boycott, the day we can march on Fountain Square on Sunday, the day we can bring our war to movement.

In the meantime the short term focus, I believe, should not be trying to pick the pocket of MFB. It is too deep, and we are too few for this to be our sole strategim. While efforts should continue in earnest to errode the confidence and faith of season ticket holders, luxury box owners, and those companies who buy the scrap tickets; we should focus on the education of the Bengal Fan Base. In other words, recruitment must go up. With numbers comes informtation, if not guerillas, an auxillary... maybe even an underground.

Our goal should be the city wide harassment and shunning of the Brown Family. We heckle them as they eat, we remind them as they work, we show ourselves when they shop, and we give them no rest when they return home to sleep. I say let him have his money, but we take back the city.

Inspirational Gutter, c'mon wit it! LOVE the alternate tailgating site.


Alternate tailgating would be awesome, quite the festival atmosphere, I'd imagine...songs, signs, grillings, and bull-horns

Gutter,

I think those are great ideas especially the recruitment thing. People are pissed we just need to focus their attention on what to be pissed about and what they can do about it.

I also agree I will never lose my allegiance to this team. I have too many good memories from when I was a kid getting to meet the players at training camp (when there were no ropes separating the fans from the players). However MB has not received a dime from me for several years, last time I bought a t-shirt was about a year ago when they had a sweet throwback version. Other than that I have not been to a game since 2001. For some reason I don't feel that may personal boycott is working.

I think Gutter also has some great points. The boycott won't work, however, there are options. The fans need to let Mike Brown know that the grumbling is not a theme.

It is enough is enough. With the audience the Bengals blogs have (the top few) I bet something could be put together to make an impact and get more national attention.

Just a question... ...When one says: "Nothing matters until the "Bengals" (emphasis mine) hold players and coaches accountable." who is this: "BENGALS" that is being talked about?

Generally when used in such a way and talking about a 'group' entity, the 'Bengals' is the general manager (and since they are one and the same...) and the owner of the team. With the problems that the team has and indeed the ownership, do you realize that you are asking the person who is fucking it all up, to hold lesser individuals to account?

I mean, we've all pretty well understood that the proble starts right at the office door of MBB and spreads like a virus throughout the whole team -- all the way down to the players and coaches? Isn't that what Mike "Mr. Burns" Brown is ALREADY DOING?

Are you guys that so fucked up -- that twisted about priorities and who's to blame, that you can't even see something so simple as that?

It's no wonder that this shit is allowed to go on and on and on... ...it's because the people who are complaining most about the team not only go and do something so stupid but as to MBB in this city until his day of death, but that you can't even agree on, much less figure out, who's to FUCKING BLAME! OMFG!

You guys REALLY can't be helped, can you!

(Yes, I know this is "Doc's" column but putting it on here and effectively rating it as something worthwhile as to meaning... ...well that's a fuckup to begin with! After all, one could post Doc's comments and denote that "I don't agree with this part of Doc's column -- and here's why...")

Can we start agreeing on things -- if anything, for commonality's sake?

Let's agree that MBB is NOT going to relinquish the 'keys to the car. He may rather be willing to push off mundane tasks (to use this euphamistic track) such as washing the car and filling up (or not -- depending on how you want to look at it!) the tank. If MBB carries this through, I ask, what good is it to high a GM (besides the obvious Government Motors joke...)? The only thing for MBB is to become a VERY silent, silent owner! Otherwise a GM is just a lackey. Would you think a Bill Parcels becoming the GM would be a case where Parcels could have free reign? (Note, if you do, you need a lobotomy -- NOW! For the good of the world, have it done now! Use a coat hanger up your nose but please, DO IT QUICKLY for all of our sakes!)

There will be a GM here fairly soon but be advised that it is probably going to be along the lines of a person who has been head of player and personnel and for MBB, that means that it could very well be (and I think probably it WILL be: Katie Brown Blackburn. Think that such will not work, ok, I give you: Katie's Husband, the 'esteemed' football mind of Todd Blackburn! (Hmm, maybe 'steamed' mind, is a better description?))

Folks, I said it once before... You had your shot at being rid of the disease in football that is MBB -- in the mid-90's. You didn't do it. This is your penalty -- live with it and never forget it as you: 'root for an indoor practice facility.' There is twenty-plus more years of this shit left to run and then it will come up for a vote again. Let him go -- tell him to take care and make sure that he doesn't let the door hit him in the ass on the way out! Stand up like you actually have a pair a testicles -- instead of pussying out like you did some 15+ years before!

In the interim, just shut up and take it -- after all you did it to yourself and YOU certainly aren't going to make him change!

Let's agree?

I believe that I have a pretty good idea as a "Project Mayhem" task. It should be started soon in order for it to have a big impact. Take some all of your Bengals merch and ship it to Mike Brown and the Blackburns. Send a note with it saying something to the effect of "You can take this back, I don't want or need it anymore". It could even just be merch/memorabilia that doesn't fit, is outdated or just not useful anymore--the higher-ups won't know the difference.

An alternative to this task would be to send ownership jerseys, shirts, etc., that you may own of past failed draft picks and/or free agents. For instance, I still have Warrick shirts and an Akili Smith Starting Lineup figure amongst many other stupid items. Send it over to them in a "Care Package".

Just an idea. Either way, Bengals fans need to know that complaints and actions must now be taken to the Blackburns. With his recent letters to fans, Mike Brown has made it clear that he's not willing to make a change. In recent memory, the ONLY people that have seemed to be able to sway Mikey's opinions on things have been Katie and Marvin. It looks like Marvin is out (which he should be) and any leverage he had going into this season if he were to be retained, is gone so his "demands" that he wanted in the spring and summer will most likely not be met. So Katie and Troy are the only other options to plead to about making changes.

EdHochulisArms,
Sending merchandise back is a really good idea and one I've been toying with on a personal for some time. In order for this to work, though, you can't be sending in a Rudi Johnson, Odell Thurman or T.J. Jersey. You got to send in a Palmer jersey or another active player.

What say you, oh Whodeyrevolution leaders?

His name's Troy.... dumbass. Here's a hint for you, when you get on here and stand on your imaginary shoe lifts to condescend, get your shit straight, otherwise you look like wch.


Oh, you mean that plant from the Brown payroll
(think Hobson with worse writing, etc.), whose stale, transparent diatribes are intended to disrupt, quell and/or ridicule the WDRevolution?

Wait 20yrs, HA!

The time is *now* !

Just to be clear:

* Not every Bengals fan had the opportunity to vote
on the stadium tax: some were too young, others
lived outside the geographic limits, etc.

* Voters or not, there's not a damn reason
to sit idly by, while the Brown ownership continues
to abuse and exploit Bengals fans...

* the phrasings and semantics the plant wants to pick
at, in no way obscure the simple-yet-vast spirit,
the heart of our WDRevolution...Bengals fans do not
have to accept the Brown tyranny!

...there's not a damn reason to go quietly!


Mike Brown, Shape Up or *GTFO* of Cincinnati!

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    Bengals Futility - By The Numbers

    • 20 - Years since the Bengals have won a playoff game

      0 - Total number of playoff wins in Mike Brown's tenure as owner

      .359 - Bengals regular season winning percentage since Mike Brown took over as owner (115-206-1 in 20 seasons)

      29-34-1 - Record since 2005 playoff game vs Steelers

      6 - Seasons the Bengals have lost their first six games since 1991. No other team has more than two.

      0 - Teams North of Cincinnati without an indoor practice facility

      10 - Players arrested in a 14 month span from 2005-2006

      32 - Mike Brown's ranking, out of 32, of the "Best Owners in the NFL" by Michael Silver of Sports Illustrated in 2007

      458,000,000 - Amount, in dollars, that Hamilton County Taxpayers paid to build PBS

      2032 - Year that Hamilton County will have finally paid off its debt on the stadium deal

      3 - Total number of non-clerical employees employed in the Bengals scouting department, lowest in the league

      747,000,000 - Amount, in dollars, paid in free agency by the Bengals from 1994 - 2005, second worst of all 28 teams in existence for the duration, behind only Arizona

      118 – Ranking, out of 118 professional teams, of the “Worst Franchises” in professional sports, as ranked by ESPN the Magazine in 2003.

      97 – Ranking, out of 98 general managers in all four major sports with three or more years of experience, of Mike Brown’s performance as a GM, as ranked by Forbes in 2007.

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